This image gallery shows images of DLR activities in the field of aerospace research. The primary objective of DLR aerospace research activities is to enhance the competitiveness of Germany and Europe's aerospace and air transport industries and making the fast-growing air transport sector efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable.
The Airbus A320-232 "D-ATRA", the latest - and largest - addition to the fleet, was deployed by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in late 2008. ATRA (Advanced Technology Research Aircraft) is a modern and flexible flight test platform which sets a new benchmark for flying test beds in European aerospace research - and not just because of its size.
The Dassault Falcon 20E has been extensively modified for use in research by the DLR. The DLR flight facility in Oberpfaffenhofen primarily uses it for atmospheric research. Thanks to DLR's Falcon research aircraft, a lot of insight was gained into the spread and density of the ash cloud resulting from the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption.
The new HALO research aircraft heralds a new chapter in the history of German atmospheric research and Earth observation. The combination of range, cruising altitude, payload and comprehensive instrumentation make the aircraft a globally unique research platform.
DLR's helicopter research focus on the development of reliable, efficient, economical and environmentally friendly helicopters.
The research aircraft VFW-614 ATTAS was used as a test aircraft by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) for 27 years. ATTAS was designed as a 'flying simulator' to test the flight behavior of others aircraft - in existence or virtual.
The image gallery shows images of the research aeroplanes and helicopters of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). These sometimes highly modified aircraft form the largest civilian research aircraft fleet in Europe, operated by DLR.